The radiant light, unhindered and inconceivable, eradicates suffering and brings realization of joy; the excellent Name, perfectly embodying all practices, eliminates obstacles and dispels doubt. This is the teaching and practice for our latter age; devote yourself solely to it. It is eye and limb in this defiled world; do not fail to endeavor in it. Accepting and living the supreme, universal Vow, then, abandon the defiled and aspire for the pure. Reverently embracing the Tathagata's teaching, respond in gratitude to his benevolence and be thankful for his compassion.

~ Shinran Shonin, Passages on the Pure Land Way

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hear Now!

Yama, the King of Death, is near you at all times;
At the moment determined, he will stand before you.
 
Our hours are filled with endless toil and worry;
If you aren’t able to listen to the Dharma today,
When will you find the time to listen to it?
 
Our life as a human being is all too short a span;
If you don't hear the sacred Name in this lifetime,
When will you get another chance to hear it?
 
Even though I am neglectful, and do not listen,
The graceful Light of compassion brightens my path.
 
Even though I am deaf, and cannot hear,
Amida-sama takes my hand, and walks beside me.
 
NAMO AMIDA BUTSU
 
 
February 14, 2015